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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031274501X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312745011
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 2.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806. A semi-invalid for most of her early life, she won a great reputation with the appearance of her Poems (1844). The book attracted the admiration of Robert Browning, who secretly courted her for two years before the couple's celebrated elopement to Italy in 1846. In Italy, Elizabeth's health improved; she threw herself into European politics and wrote what is perhaps her best-known work, Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850). She died in 1861, and her Last Poems appeared in that same year.

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The book brings together the best of Elizabeth barret Browning.
L. Troy Beals
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
Alice in Wonderland
It makes a very nice gift or a nice addition to ones own library.
R. B. TOMLINSON

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Garman Lord on January 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
You couldn't make this stuff up... well, maybe you could, but strictly for the Harlequin Romance market. Famous poet and man about London Robert Browning reads a poem by Elizabeth Barrett, a girl he never met... mainly because nobody else ever did either, since she lives in her bedroom in Emily Dickinson-style seclusion, in her case as an invalid, lifelong victim of some Victorianly-obscure wasting disease, under the care of a tyrannically possessive, somewhat demented father... and falls in love with her at long distance. Being who he is, Browning manages to wangle an interview, then further meetings, until, inevitably, he and this strange, ethereally beautiful (in Browning's eyes, at least) bedridden woman, six years his senior, fall in love. Browning knows he must spirit this creature away and possess her for his own, a challenge for which he must enlist the assistance of others of her (not entirely unsympathetic) family members, because of the father. Barrett senior, it seems, descended from a family of West Indian plantation owners, is possessed of the notion that none of his offspring should ever marry. The reason: he suspects his bloodline to be tainted by the tarbrush of slave ancestry somewhere along the line, and therefore not fit to be perpetuated.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Green on August 30, 2006
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This is a wonderful collection of poetry by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, telling the story of her meeting Robert Browning and how she discovered her love for him, and his love for her. The introduction to this volume is especially helpful, in that it gives a brief summary of her life before she met and Browning, so that one can follow the narrative fairly easily. Some of the references in the poems are a bit obscure, so it would have been nice if there were notes accompyaning them, but on the whole this is a very nice introduction to a talented poet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue from CA on August 20, 2013
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I purchased this copy as a gift to accompany other gifts at a bridal shower. It's a very nicely bound volume, suitable as a gift, and a way to introduce yet another generation to these beautiful love sonnets and their back story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marcus ross on July 18, 2013
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great book, got it quickly, read it in one sitting, and then read it all over again, no complaints here!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. B. TOMLINSON on August 20, 2010
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I was pleasantly surprised when I looked at this book. The cover is very attractive as is the layout and wording inside. It makes a very nice gift or a nice addition to ones own library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Wonderland TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

This magical collection of verse was written by the incomparable Elizabeth Barrett during her courtship with Robert Browning. It speaks of a love so deep and yearning to be expressed that it has been acclaimed by each and every generation since it was first published in 1850.

This is one of the greatest works of the English language, and quite possibly *the* great poetry every penned in English. Give your heart and your soul a treat, and read this wonderful work of art!

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